Netherlands politician calls for 'Nexit' referendum in 2016
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Euroscepticism in the Netherlands has been growing since Brexit and the UK’s voice of reason’s departure from the EU’s table. Nexit campaigners are calling for Brussels to renegotiate Holland’s position in the bloc to resemble Denmark’s deal, threatening France and Germany to leave unless their demands are met.
Writing on the Dutch website OpinieZ, writer Jan Gajentaan delivered a scathing attack on the EU as he lamented the Netherlands has been forced over the years to increasingly give up on its sovereignty in favour of new EU rules.
Arguing for a “third way” to be negotiated between the Dutch government and Brussels, he wrote: “We are now thirty years since the Maastricht Treaty and we have sat through a protracted EU crisis.
“Immigration has long been out of control.
“It is fair to say that this was already the case in the 1970s and 1980s, but then it was our own stupidity that made a sensible immigration policy out of the question.
“Now, in fact, we no longer have national borders and we obediently open the door when Brussels orders. Because the various treaties concluded after the Maastricht one (Amsterdam, Nice, Lisbon) have shifted responsibility for asylum policy and immigration to the Community pillar of the EU.
“But is that necessary? The Danes have already negotiated an exception at the time, they are not in the eurozone and largely determine their own immigration policy.
“The Eastern European countries also pay little attention to the asylum ukases from Brussels.
“Why is the Netherlands always the best boy in the class, the first to open the asylum centres and pull the chequebook?”
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He added: “In a series of articles with OpinieZ fellow author Johannes Vergoot and Professor Lex Hoogduin, I argued for a third way, both in monetary terms and in terms of immigration or climate change.
“In other words, the Danish route: we will stay in the EU and the internal market, but we will stop with the transfer union and the immigration or climate dictates from Brussels.”
“And let me be absolutely clear”, he warned.
“If France and Germany do not give our country the space to take that third way, that ‘Danish route’, then there is only one possible answer as far as I’m concerned: Nexit.”
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Britain’s trading successes since it left the European Union have sparked furious Nexit calls in the Netherlands with eurosceptics blasting the EU for its inability to strike international deals.
Nexit Denktank campaigners said: “Europhiles keep saying that with the EU we are stronger and in a better position.
“The truth is that the EU does not yet have any free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand.
“The UK alone does. Due to EU rules, we are not allowed to conclude trade agreements ourselves.
“What the Netherlands needs are good trade agreements, not an unelected EU lecturing us.
“We are the fourth largest exporter in the world.
“Countries all over the world want to sign free trade agreements with us.
“The British are proving that we don’t need the EU.”
The UK reached an agreement in principle on a post-Brexit free trade deal with New Zealand last month.
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